The 27 Club

Jim Morrison of the doors, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are all legends in the music world, and as legends, they share a lot in common.  Unfortunately, these artists all died at a young age. What age? 27.

Although the most notable, they were not the only music artists to die young. Soon after the death of Kurt Cobain, a name was given to this group; “the 27 club.” Today, there are about 100 members in the club, and the earliest date back to the late 1800’s.

So, what makes the 27 club so special? Well there are several coincidences that make this club more than just a “27” club.

The first relates to how they died. Amy Winehouse, Joplin, Morrison, Hendrix, and Cobain all died from overdoses, making it the most popular cause of death on the list (other popular causes include acts of violence, and traffic related deaths).

Although bizarre, cause of death is not the only thing that strikes me about this group. Another oddity is that when these musicians died, a majority of them happened to be in a career “high,” or were at the very least on the road to success.

Joplin, Morrison, and Hendrix were all 60’s legends and by coincidence died all within 2 years. How is it, that such huge names in the music industry all died at exactly the same age, in exactly the same ways, and some in exactly the same year?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this “27 club” is more than just a bunch of coincidences. So, what could the true story behind the 27 club really be? Many believe the club is some sort of conspiracy theory, and others believe it is simply coincidence. It’s impossible to say what the cause behind the 27 club really is, but we do know one thing for sure.

With new members joining the club to this day, there are no signs of membership ending anytime soon.

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